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New playlist: TOL’s return to sun

Oh, hello there!

I was starting to feel abandoned by the summer, but the sun is back – and man it feels so good!  What better time to share this blend of summery tunes that I’ve been piecing together than as we head into a long weekend of full suns across the board. 

I really hope you like it. Happy BC Day!


P.S. For me, the last song is the chocolate at the bottom of my Christmas stocking ūüôā

New Playlist: ‘Into Winters Groove’ from me to you!

It’s the middle of winter and we’re in the depth of the darkest days of the year. ¬†Mornings are hard, evenings are kind of depressing. ¬†If you’re like me, it means you’re probably spending more time indoors, and a lot of time dreaming about the sunnier days ahead.

I put together this groovy winter mix of some of the artists I’ve learned of lately and others who I’ve listened to for years.¬†¬†It’s intended to match the mood of winter while providing some beats to move to! ¬†It’s a good playlist for writing blog posts, cleaning, or taking a long walk with the crisp winter air kissing your cheeks.

I hope you enjoy it ūüôā

Who are your favourite artists to listen to during the winter? Do you have an album that reminds you of winter no matter what time of year you listen to it? I’m always looking for suggestions!

Happy Wednesday!

– Halli

New year, same me – just better

Over the past few days I have found myself asking a few of my friends what resolutions they hold for the new year… only to quickly regret asking the question when it is turned back on me! ¬†The general consensus is that resolutions only last a few days or maybe weeks if you are either¬†freakishly determined or your resolution is to eat chocolate every day.

Nevertheless, I have found myself considering what¬†I can do to make this year the best year yet ¬†and I’ve come up with a bit of plan. ¬†Instead of making resolutions like ‘exercise every day’ I’m setting some achievable goals that can happen throughout the year.

Here’s¬†what I’ve come up with:

1) Learn to do a handstand. ¬†This is a ‘stretch goal’ (pun not intended but I’ll take it¬†anyways!) ¬†I’ve been doing more yoga lately and have been loving how it makes me feel. ¬†It’s a great reason to get out of bed in the morning and getting stronger is addicting. ¬†Doing a handstand is out of any vision I have ever had of what my body is capable of, but I figure why not try? ¬†Thanks in advance to @itsgariele of #radgirlscollective for offering to teach me some tricks – I’m going to need your help!

2)¬†Say yes when it comes to experiences. ¬†2014 was a good year for this – from seeing Surfer Blood in Victoria at the beginning of last year, to traveling to LA to see one of Irvin and I’s favourite bands Ozma at their CD release party, to catching the¬†Haim/Tennis show in Vancouver with Kat, ¬†spending a fun weekend in Tofino with friends, to¬†staying with locals in Portland and biking everywhere. ¬†I want 2015 to be just as awesome! ūüôā

3) Keep up to date on our monthly money tracking spreadsheet. ¬†This is a how Irvin and I keep track of how much money we’ve spent and on what. ¬†Most importantly it forces us to ask the question – ‘Does our spending align with our values?’¬†If it doesn’t, we identify it quickly so we can adjust. ¬†We designed and began using this spreadsheet last year after re-visiting ‘Your Money or Your Life’ – a book I highly recommend which forces the reader to examine their¬†relationship between money and fulfillment.

4) Cut down on¬†impulse buying. ¬†It’s not feasible to never buy anything (and not very fun either) but this year I¬†want to¬†put more effort into making¬†shopping a conscious experience. ¬†I want to think¬†about what¬†I¬†need, do¬†some research, and aim¬†for multi-functional products when possible. ¬†I want to know¬†exactly what I need so I can get it at the best price. ¬†This applies from groceries to bathroom fixtures (and clothing too!)

5) Read a book every month. ¬†I made this a resolution last year as well, and even though I only read about 4 books, sadly it’s more than I’ve read in previous years – so the goal helped. ¬†I¬†plan¬†to read¬†at least the same again this year and hopefully more.

5)¬†Get over my fear of taking photos. ¬†I have this stupid self-conscious feeling when I take photos that I really want to kick. ¬†So, I’m going to force myself to take a photo whenever I want to and hopefully I’ll get over myself in the process.

6) ¬†Learn a song on guitar, and perform it. ¬†Even better if Irvin’s in on it too.

7) Start and finish at least two paintings.

8) Write a blog post every month! ¬†I’d like to get quicker at writing blog posts and do them more frequently. ¬†This blog post is a first step – started it today and it’s going up today!

There’s other things that I want to continue doing, like playing on an indoor soccer team, taking belly dancing classes, and running in this year’s¬†TC 10K. ¬†Hopefully I’ll beat last year’s time!

And together Irvin have set some major renovation and travel goals for this year which I’m excited to share¬†in another post.

Isn’t it¬†kind of great that every 365 days we have this time to reflect and reset our lives onto a better track, knowing what we’ve learned from the year before? ¬†I’d love to hear what your goals are for this year. ¬†Have the type of resolutions you make changed over the years?

Wishing you the very best in 2015!  Go forward and be awesome!

– Halli



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